Yesterday @katelyn.krystal and I participated in an experimental motorcycle rally. Part of our mission was locating Muffler Men. We found 7 in total (which was all of them within a 200 mile radius), here are four of them.
The Gemini Giant is a landmark statue on Route 66, standing outside the Launching Pad Drive-In restaurant. The 30 foot tall statue is one of many giant "Muffler Man" advertising props found throughout the US in the Sixties. The Gemini Giant is named after the Gemini space program and holds a silver rocket ship in his hands, while sporting an astronaut's space helmet. Repost @tkon66 #GeminiGiant#Route66#ag233
I noticed that every time I post a #mufflerman , someone mentions the lumberjack at the college in Flagstaff. So...here it is. Local suspicion is that this is the first Muffler Man ever made. Years ago some drunk college kids sawed its head off and vandalized other parts. Thankfully it’s been restored. @imperialbeachdad #ag233
Apologies for the crappy picture….I took it from a moving car. This statue is in Lake View in De Soto County, Mississippi, just south of the Tennessee border and Memphis, right on Highway 61. This statue is NOT a Muffler Man. What is it? This statue at this 24 hour fireworks stand in the Delta is a former Big John, probably originally from Memphis. The 30 foot fiberglass Big John statues were originally built for a grocery store chain called Big John’s, based in Illinois, around 1967 (Jimmy Boyd of General Sign Company was the designer). They had locations all over Kentucky, Missouri, southern Illinois and Tennessee. The statues originally wore checkered shirts, black shoes, aprons, blues jeans and carried three/four large grocery bags in its arms. I don’t know when this one was moved to this fireworks stand on Highway 61, but Debra Jane Seltzer of Roadside Architecture thinks between its Big John and fireworks days, it spent time in the 1970s at a Memphis Giant Foods of America. #Mississippi#delta#highway61#lakeviewMS#desotocountyMS#Memphis#MemphisTN#history#bigjohns#statue#roadside#fiberglass#mufflerman#grocerystore#mississippidelta#fireworks#ag233